A-G’s Report: Communications ministry has no indicators to assess projects

KUALA LUMPUR: The communications and multimedia ministry (KKMM) did not set any indicators to assess the performances of projects under the National Creative Industry Policy (DIKN) which received RM120 million in grants, the National Audit Department revealed.

According to the Auditor-General’s Report 2017 Series 1 on Financial Management Performance of Federal Ministries/Departments/Statutory Bodies released today, the grants were meant to spur the growth of the creative industry in order to achieve targets set by the DIKN.

“As such, KKMM and the relevant agencies should have set indicators to assess projects funded under DIKN,” said the report.

The report went on to recommend the ministry take into account intangible results, including the success of highlighting local culture and national identity on the international stage; as well as creating public awareness on the importance and potential of the creative industry.

“In addition, the output or products should be assessed periodically so that improvements can be made from time to time,” the report said.

DIKN, which was passed in the Parliament on Nov 12, 2010, aims to make the industry competitive, dynamic and able to contribute to the country’s economic growth.

The Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department had approved RM120 million in allocation to the relevant ministry in 2011 under the 10th Malaysia Plan before it was channelled to several agencies.

A total of 45 programmes involving 997 projects were implemented under three components, namely the Short-Term Catalytic Project 2012-2013 (Quick Wins), Creative Industry Grants and Human Capital Development Studies.